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Task Force to Address the Future of RPS

March 20, 2018 04:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester Public School District is taking new steps to address overcrowding. 

After looking at enrollment projections the district believes there will be enough students to build a new school, or schools, in the near future. 

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The district is looking to form a specific Facilities Task Force to help them look for possible locations to build a new school.

The task force will be made up of around 20 members from diverse backgrounds, "We are looking for new ideas, we are looking for different perspectives,” said Jean Marvin, the Chair of the Rochester Public School Board. 

“We are looking at different parts of town. We are looking at different configurations. We might look at a K-8 building or an elementary school and a middle school that are connected somehow," Marvin added.

She also said the District will need to continue tweaking boundaries in the next year or two. 

However, the work won't stop there. Marvin adds, "We are going to have to make some major adjustments throughout the district."

The School Board hopes to have a new building, or buildings, up and running by 2021. 

"At that time, we will have two of the buildings we are currently paying off [Century High School and Riverside Central Elementary School] paid off. So we are always looking at the bottom line and not burdening taxpayers more than we need to," said Marvin.

"I would love not to pay taxes but when it comes to kids, they are our future,” said Kathy Rosenow, a Rochester parent, “So paying more taxes for education is okay in my books. As long as the money is being spent wisely."

Members of the task force will be announced mid-April, with work getting underway this summer.

Anyone interested in being part of the team has until April 9th to apply.

Click here for an application.

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